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The Parables #43

The parable of the prodigal son, Pt 5

The Prodigal’s Restlessness and Rebellion, v11-13.

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III. THE SON’S DEPARTURE, continued

2. It is a venture into the unknown. He did not know what lay over the horizon! Here is the irrational attitude that sin produces! The boozer, the drug-taker all indulge in that which is very evidently harmful and dangerous. Who knows what a day will have for us? “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow,” James 4:14.
Not so with the obedient child of God. While we may not know what a day will bring forth we have this assurance: “For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me,” Job 23:14. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28. “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thess 5:9. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way,” Ps 37:23. “Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not,” Ps 17:5.
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” 2 Corinthians 5:1. We “know” where we are going! “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day,” 2 Timothy 1:12. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is,” 1 John 3:2.

3. He has no intention of returning. He gathers all together. He will not leave anything behind that might cause his return. What a mind-set the sinner has. He is determined to have nothing to do with God. “But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me,” Psa 81:11 “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit . . . .  For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water,” Jeremiah 2:11, 13 “They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof,” Pro 1:30.

4. He puts as much distance between himself and his father as he can. He went to a ‘far’ country. He wishes him out of his sight and out of his mind.
Beware that this is not the spirit that is at work in you.
May God open your eyes and cause you to see and understand the consequences of departing from the Lord.

The Parables #42

The prodigal son, Part 4

The Prodigal’s Restlessness and Rebellion, v11-13.

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III. THE SON’S DEPARTURE

Having considered the Prodigal’s ‘Discontentment’ we move on to consider his ‘Departure’! Where there is discontentment and it is not dealt with and conquered then it will lead to departure. Paul said this: “But godliness with contentment is great gain,” 1 Timothy 6:6. Only godliness can produce contentment. I mentioned at the beginning of this study that the devil was a discontent spirit and that is because of his ungodliness! There is no discontentment with God. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure,” Isaiah 46:10. God has no reason for discontentment! All His plans and purposes will come to pass.  His perfect will shall be perfectly accomplished. It is as we are conformed to God, become more godly, short for ‘godlike’, that we enter into God’s contentment and peace and tranquillity!

The discontent son was not in harmony with his father – hence his discontentment! “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls,” Matthew 11:29.

1. The son departs as soon as he can. “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country,” verse 13.
As soon as he receives the means of departing and makes the arrangements he goes. What a testimony of his distaste for his father his haste is. This is the spirit of fallen man at work.

“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden,” Genesis 3:8.

The Parables #41

The parable of the Prodigal son, Pt 3 

Luke 15:11-32

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The Prodigal’s Restlessness and Rebellion, v11-13.

THE SON’S DISCONTENTMENT  continued:

3. The discontentment stemmed from his desire for that which was not to be found in his father’s house. That which took man out of Paradise takes the sinner away from God and His house and His word. His lust, his sinful appetites. Natural man would live far from God. The further the better. When we see men turn their backs upon God and His house it bodes ill and shows they are controlled by sin.

II. THE SON’S DEMAND

1. He calls him father but does not act as a son. A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? Malachi 1:6. He is seeking to be free of his father’s rule and company. He sees no good nor any hope of good in his father’s household.
He thought that he could manage his affairs better than his father. He felt more wise than his father.

2. His desire is born of his carnal nature. Sinners would part with Heaven in order to gain the world  and gratify their sinful lusts. “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you,” John 6:26-27.

3. His demand testifies to his blindness. “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider,” Isa 1:2-3.

Poor foolish boy, he did not know the value of that which he cast away nor did he realise the danger he embraced. This spirit of resistance to the blessings of the gospel is what made Christ weep over Jerusalem. “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes,” Luke 19:41-42. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37.

The Parables #40

The parable of the prodigal son, Pt2 

Luke 15:11-32

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I. THE SON’S DISCONTENTMENT

Discontentment is of the devil, who is a most discontent spirit, Job 1:7, 2:2; 1 Pet 5:8.

It is plain that the subject of the parable was discontent in his father’s household.

1. He has no real grounds for complaining. He voices no formal complaint. Indeed, later he acknowledges that he had been well off in his father’s house, verse 17.

He was able to approach his father and ask for a portion.  He was not a tyrant. He was able to return home after shaming his father. These things indicate that his home was a good place.

Such is illustrative of the kindness and love of God. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.

2.  Despite this he was discontent. How groundless is sinner’s discontentment with God. “Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” Jeremiah 2:5. “O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me,” Micah 6:3.

This is an ongoing wickedness amongst men. No kindness by God is ever received with any gratitude or acknowledged. Man chafes under the rule of God, having a heart that desires sin!

The Parables #39

The parable of the prodigal son, Pt1 

Luke 15:11-32

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The Prodigal’s Restlessness and Rebellion, v11-13.

* This parable was uttered by the Saviour in response to the charge laid against Him by His enemies. “And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them,” Luke 15:2. It is the last of three parables spoken by Christ at this time all of which have the same theme —THE LOST FOUND.

* What a thing that the Saviour’s mingling with sinners was deemed a sin on His part!! Please remember that the Saviour mingled but did not condone any sin of which they were guilty any more than a doctor is complicit in the sickness of those he treats!

* This is perhaps the best known and best loved of all the parables. It is right up to date. Every generation has found it to be so. Despite what men may think nothing really changes!! “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word,” Psa 119:9. God’s Word worked for the young people who believe since the beginning of time!

* Young people, please note that the desires and notions of young people have existed for a long time. This generation is experiencing nothing that former generations did not, in essence, encounter.

* Above all, note that the Saviour is fully acquainted with the heart of the young. Here is a timeless picture of the youth and the workings of their heart.
This has been but an introduction to this wonderful parable but we will continue our study the next time I am with you.